5. The All-American Rejects – Move Along
Enjoy the many faces of Tyson Ritter, the lead singer of The All-American Rejects. Being a part of the crowd in that empty pool must have been so much fun.
4. Jimmy Eat World – Work
Though some of the teenagers’ sentiments at the video’s start and close may seem like a cliché, they fit the song perfectly, and the shots of the couples are really rather beautiful.
3. Weezer – Perfect Situation
‘Before there was Weezer… There was Weeze’. The great actress Elisha Cuthbert (24, The Girl Next Door) stars in this music video as the lead singer of Weeze, fake precursor to Weezer. She quits the band mid-song, the band’s real singer Rivers Cuomo takes centre-stage in the breakdown, and the rest, as they say, is history. Weezer is born.
2. Yellowcard – Ocean Avenue
Released back in 2004, Ocean Avenue was the first of three collaborations to date between Marc Webb and Yellowcard, followed by Lights and Sounds and Rough Landing, Holly on their follow-up record.
With a Run Lola Run-esque story, the video features Webb’s signature white lamb also seen in Rough Landing, Holly and first seen in the #1 video below.
1. Brand New – Sic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades
Brand New’s Sic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades was the second single from their 2003 album, Deja Entendu. The video features lead singer Jesse Lacey as its protagonist, and is one of my favourite music videos of all time. Enjoy.
It may not quite be a music video, but it is fantastically shot. You’ll no doubt remember this scene from (500) Days of Summer, when Joseph Gordon-Levitt has just spent the night with Zooey Deschanel and is feeling pretty good about himself as he leaves the next morning. Hall & Oates’ 1981 single, You Make My Dreams, never looked and sounded so good.
Other notables that all but made the cut:
Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown, Relient K’s Must Have Done Something Right, Good Charlotte’s The River (feat. M Shadows & Synyster Gates), Maroon 5’s Harder to Breathe, Gavin DeGraw’s I Don’t Want To Be, Taking Back Sunday’s Faith (When I Let You Down), Weezer’s (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To, and The All-American Rejects’ Gives You Hell.